ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

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Echoes celebrates the work of Maeve Binchy and other renowned Irish writers. It takes place at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on 29th and 30th September 2017.

This inaugural event will trace Maeve Binchy’s literary path from letter-writing to journalism and on to becoming an internationally acclaimed author. Common threads with other major writers, all of whom were associated with Dalkey, will be explored.

Join us for thought provoking talks, walks, debates, interviews and theatrical events.

Echoes Launch

Echoes will be launched on Friday 29th September with a Maeve Binchy Tribute Show in the company of friends, family and Maeve’s husband, the writer Gordon Snell.

The Tribute Show has been adapted from Maeve’s hilarious book, Aches and Pains, by Shay Linehan and directed by Margaret Dunne. A Post Show Talkback with writer, actors and director, will be moderated by Gillian Binchy.

On Saturday 30th September, there will be a full day of exciting talks, debates and dramatisations. Among the other writers covered will be Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, James Joyce, and Flann O’Brien.

We are delighted to have writers Joseph O’Connor, Bernard Farrell, Martina Devlin, and Roisin Ingle as speakers. Dr John Mc Court is travelling from Trieste and leading actor Barry McGovern will give us his insights on Samuel Beckett’s work.

After a welcome from Maeve’s husband Gordon Snell, Prof Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature UCD will open proceedings with Maeve Binchy, her lasting appeal. Other themes will deal with journalism and creative writing and the influence of Irish writers abroad, including Maeve Binchy’s appeal in Sweden and England.

Personal friend to Maeve and Gordon, playwright Bernard Farrell will bring ECHOES to a close with Maeve – A Legacy in Laughter.

ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
29th to 30th September 2017
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Admission €85 | Early bird offer €70 (up to midnight 7th August)
Booking (Booking fees apply)

Echos Programme

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